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Principal's News

Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School

Quarter 1, Issue 1 of 4 November 2018

A message from our Principal...

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

I can’t believe how quickly the first quarter of the school year has gone by, which ended on Friday, November 9th. The year began with our LCBMS family getting to know each other by making meaningful connections and using those connections to assist in the teaching and learning process while transitioning our students into successful, ethical, and well rounded young adults.

As discussed at our Back to School nights, we, as a school, are working on improving our communication with the LCBMS community. As detailed below under “Ways to Stay Informed”, we have expanded the ways we try to keep the LCBMS community informed. This quarterly newsletter is the newest way and will be shared on our website, via e-mail blast, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the Remind App. Please continue to share feedback with us so that we can continue to improve and grow.

This season brings many thankful and reflective thoughts to my heart. I am grateful for being apart of this community. Each and every student and family in our school help make us who we are. We are learning, we are changing, we are growing. As John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.

Best regards,

Frank Ruolo

Building news...

Our 6th and 7th grade students have received their one-to-one Chromebooks to utilize as a tool to enhance their learnings. Our 8th grade classes each have received a Chromebook/Laptop cart to utilize in their classes.

Our 6th grade students took part in a four period overview presented by their homeroom teachers on proper usage of the Chromebooks, internet safety, and digital citizenship. Our 7th and 8th grade students are taking part in a four lesson unit presented by our Library teacher Ms. Browne focusing on digital citizenship.

From October 22-31 LCBMS took part in Red Ribbon Week. Our Student Assistance Counselor, Ms. Geider, and the S.A.D.D. club, facilitated several activities, such as students signing pledges to stay drug-free.

We have introduced Dr.. Gess LeBlanc, PhD, to our Copper Beech community as a consultant for our school. Dr. LeBlanc is a developmental psychologist and professor at Hunter College. He is providing professional development for our building initiative, increasing student engagement, and fostering student relationships.

From the nurses...

Flu Season: We're right in the heart of flu season, so it's time to get your flu shot! October is the start of the season, and it continues on through May, with the most occurrences happening in January or February. Don’t forget to get your flu shot, maintain good nutrition and exercise habits which can help to keep you healthy and build up your defenses.

Required Physical exam for all 7th grade students: As per New York State Education Law, all students in 7th grade must submit a current physical exam to the Nurses office. Recently those without an exam on file with the Nurse were emailed a reminder to submit an exam. Keep in mind, if a physical exam is not received by December 21st, 2018, then you will be notified of an exam to be scheduled with the school district physician. As a reminder to all athletes, a current physical exam is the first step in having required paperwork for sports participation in school.

Health Screenings: New York State also mandates vision, hearing and scoliosis screening for 7th grade students in public schools. Your student has been or will be called to the Nurse's Office to complete these screenings, and if there are any unusual findings, you will be contacted via mail to your home.

From the PTA...

Our 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Canteens were huge successes. Each canteen had a theme. The theme for 6th grade was Halloween, the theme for 7th grade was Decades and the theme for 8th grade was Dress to Impress. All three canteens were well attended and students reported having a good time. Did you catch us going Live on Instagram for grade 8? Stay tuned for more updates from the PTA on future events, fundraising, and ways to get involved.

In other news...

Congratulations to Coach Sarsen for being inducted to the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame and for another great Field Hockey season! It is an honor to witness all of the wonderful things that you do.

We held our three Back-to-School nights in September. All three nights were well attended and a great evening for the LCBMS community to get to know each other.

We’ve held Lockdown, Evacuation, Shelter-in-Place, and Early Dismissal drills to review and practice procedures.

As the temperatures get colder, please remember that no student is to be dropped off at LCBMS prior to 8:30 am. Students will not be allowed into the building prior to 8:50 am unless for a prearranged activity such as intramural, extra help, club meeting, etc., so please plan drop-offs accordingly. Please know that we have the Lakeland Children’s Center on campus here at LCBMS in case you need their services. Their phone number is 914-528-8119 and their website is

We are presently undergoing the process to be re-designated an Essential Elements: Schools to Watch. Schools with this designation have middle-level grades that have implemented an exemplary middle-level program that addresses both the academic and personal development needs of young adolescents. Schools need to be re-designated every three years. LCBMS is one of 29 other schools in NYS that have the Essential Elements: Schools to Watch and one of only three with the designation in our region. The next part of the process is a site visit on December 5th from the Essential Elements: Schools to Watch committee.

Staffing updates...

In September we welcomed Mike Morano as our new Science Teacher. He previously served at LCBMS as a Leave Replacement and will teach Science 8 and Earth Science on Team C.

In September, we welcomed Tracy Vetrano as a 6th Grade Teacher. She replaced Ms. Parisi who retired mid-September. Ms. Vetrano served as several Leave Replacements. She is presently teaching Social Studies on Team B.

In October, we welcomed back Ray Cilento as our Head Custodian. He quickly acclimated himself to the building and is presently working with administration to give our front entrance a face lift.

In early November, we welcomed Emily Arko as our new Foreign Language Teacher. Ms. Arko previously served as a Leave Replacement and has now been appointed as a Gr. 7 and Gr. 8 Spanish Teacher.

A look ahead...

12/7-12/8 - Bobcat production of Annie at LHS

Friday 7:30pm

Saturday 1:00 and 7:30pm

12/11 - Holiday Craft night 3:45-5:30pm

12/14 - “Seniors go to Beech” - Community event for assisted living homes to visit with middle-school students.

12/17 - Winter Concert at LHS 7:00pm (6th grade Chorus, ½ of 6th grade Band)

12/18 - Winter Concert at LHS 7:00pm (7th grade Chorus, ½ of 6th grade Band)

12/19 - Winter Concert at LHS 7:00pm (8th grade Chorus, 8th grade Band)

12/20 - Interim Progress Reports are available in Home Access Center

12/24 - 1/1 - Winter Recess, School closed.

1/7 - Winter Concert at WPHS 7:00pm (6th grade Orchestra, 8th grade Orchestra)

1/8 - Winter Concert at WPHS 7:00pm (7th grade Band, 7th grade Orchestra)

1/21 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School closed

1/23 - Blood Drive - 3:45-8:00pm

1/25 - End of Quarter 2

2/5 - Quarter 2 report cards are available in Home Access Center

Snow days

The snow has come upon us early this year. The early-dismissal on 11/14 does not count against our mandatory 990 hours from the state, since we dismissed within the 2 hour window of the end of the day. However, on 11/15, we used 1 of the allotted 5 snow days.

Should school closings exceed those days, additional snow make-up days are:

February 19, March 8, May 24, May 28, April 22, April 15, April 16, April 17.

The order of the days are subject to change.

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From the PTA…

BOBCAT SPIRIT DANCES: The 6th Grade Super Heros saved the day, 7th Graders Danced through the Decades and 8th Graders dressed to impress with Tiara & Ties Hollywood Dance. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered their time to ensure that all participants had an enjoyable time and a chance to spend time with their classmates.

In order for the PTA to continue to add enrichments and give back to our students we are asking your help in a variety of ways.

  • With the upcoming holiday season, if you are shopping on Amazon could you please be sure to select LCMBS as your favorite charity: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our school. Just type in our info as “PTA New York Congress 18-368 Lakeland Copper Beech Middle” and start shopping.
  • PTA Membership is only $10. Please support our efforts so that we can support our students. Applications can be found at We currently have 221 members.
  • DeCiccos: Just mention LCBMS every time you shop and we earn 2%! We have already earned $571.00 this year.
  • Stop N Shop A+ School Rewards Program: September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019. To register your & Shop Card please go online to Every purchase earns our school money. We earned almost $2000 in the 2017-2018 school year to give back to the students.
  • Car Magnets: Show your Bobcat pride for only $5.00. Available for purchase at our PTA meetings.
  • Modells Team Weeks Coupons 11/22/2018 to 12/20/2018 Save 15% on your purchases and we earn 5%. If you don’t have a coupon please just mention LCBMS!
  • December New Spirit-Wear Campaign. Orders can be placed at and are due by December 17th.

December 11, 2018 PTA meeting at 5:30 pm. Guest Speaker will address Vaping. Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season from your PTA Executive Board!